November 3, 2020
Jeremie Sirois, Principal at Kennebunk High School, stumbled upon teaching during a college course which inspired him to pursue and study elementary education.
His career started as a middle school teacher, dedicating six years to middle school students in the classroom and coaching high school sports teams. Jeremie transitioned into administrative roles and is now working with high school students; his niche.
“Over the last six months,” Jeremie said, “the education system has been revolutionized. For hundreds of years schools have done things the same way. Recently, we’ve been introduced to changing standards. When we had to close the schools in March, to be honest, we weren’t prepared. We made thousands of packets for students and at that moment we knew we could not start the school year in the Fall the same way we finished the school year in the Spring.”
One of the biggest challenges was working to provide in person and online education with an as close to normal experience as possible. Teachers worked tirelessly to develop a model that would provide seamless instruction, all while giving the students what they needed to be successful. “It’s going better than I thought,” Jeremie admitted, “I’ve been inspired by the students' engagement. We’ve had students asking when they can come back for a full week of in-person education, and that motivates us to keep going.”
Given the situation of the virus, Jeremie is hopeful to get through the year in the hybrid model they’re in currently so students can still have in person contact.
Thank you Jeremie, for being the #HeartAndSoulOfTheCommunity.